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Secy rejig sees heads roll

Secy rejig sees heads roll
The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has undertaken its biggest bureaucratic reshuffle since taking charge at the centre. These appointments were approved on Saturday by appointments committee of cabinet (ACC) led by PM Narendra Modi. The secretary-level rejig saw 1980-batch IAS officer Rakesh Garg being appointed as new telecom secretary and Jugal Kishore Mohapatra as fertiliser secretary respectively.

Garg, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed in place of MF Farooqui, who has superannuated. The appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of  Garg, at present in the cadre, as secretary, department of telecommunications, ministry of communications and IT, in lieu of MF Farooqui, an official order said. Presently, Garg is principal secretary in Uttar Pradesh. During his central deputation he served as the additional secretary in ministry of tourism, joint secretary at department of food and public distribution. Farooqui retired on 30 June after which the secretary at department of electronics and IT, RS Sharma given additional charge of Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The appointment of Mohapatara, a 1979-batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, comes in place of Shaktikanta Das. Mohapatra is presently working in his cadre state. Das, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, was earlier appointed as revenue secretary.

The government has also appointed Shankar Agarwal a 1980-batch IAS officer of UP cadre as secretary in ministry of urban development. A dynamic officer, Agarwal is presently secretary in ministry of women and child development.

Besides, the ACC has also approved appointment of Rajan S Katoch as heavy industries secretary and Sanjay Kumar Panda as secretary ministry of textiles. Katoch, a 1979-batch IAS officer and serving as enforcement director would replace S Behuria, who retires on 31 July. Panda, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Manipur Tripura cadre would succeed Zohra Chatterji who retires at the end of this month. Katoch will also look after the duties of the post of enforcement director in addition to the charge of heavy industry secretary for a period of six months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, an official order said.
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